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Monitoring Windows Server Backup

Get notified of failed or incomplete Windows Server Backup jobs.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided herein is intended as an example only. No representation is made as to its accuracy, completeness or suitability for a particular purpose or platform (see also the Winserver Wingman EULA). Please test your own implementation thoroughly in the specific environment within which it need function and ensure that it operates as required.

Tested On: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Backup Completion

To ascertain only if a Windows Server backup task completed all that is required is to check the Microsoft-Windows-Backup log for event ID 4;

Check for Windows Backup completion at 6:00 a.m. each day.

Task Parameters

Task Type: Check the Event Logs

Frequency: Daily (At a time of day well after the backup ought to have finished.)

Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-Backup

Level/IDs: 4 (Backup Completed)

FAILURE On: (event) ...was not posted since last checked.


Backup Warnings & Errors

The task above will inform you if the backup didn't run or didn't complete (if for instance no destination media could be found) but it won't necessarily keep you appraised of serious issues that may have been encountered during the operation and which might result in only a partial backup. For this reason it is suggested a second task be scheduled to check for events logged with a Warning (or higher) level;

Check for Windows Backup warnings & errors at 6:00 a.m. each day.

Task Parameters

Task Type: Check the Event Logs

Frequency: Daily (At a time of day well after the backup ought to have finished.)

Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-Backup

Level/IDs: Warning+

CAUTION On: (event) ...was posted as Warning (or higher) since last checked.

FAILURE On: (event) ...was posted as Error (or higher) since last checked.


29 August 2015